Winter can be excruciatingly painful for some people. A drop in temperature can cause knee and joint pain. From lack of motion to stiff muscles caused by the cold winds, all of these factors contribute to joint muscles feeling more tense and tight. In fact, if you have arthritis, the cold weather can make your joints ache even more. If the question on your mind is how to relieve joint pain, well yoga can certainly help.
How yoga can help relieve joint pain?
Yoga is a type of traditional exercise that combines breathing techniques, meditation, and poses or asanas. Keeping everything aside, a few gentle yoga poses can help keep your joints flexible and reduce pain.
Health Shots got in touch with Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, founder of Akshar Yoga Institutions, Himalaya Yoga Ashrama, and World Yoga Organisation, to discuss the benefits of doing yoga for joint pain relief and which poses are best to practice.
“Among the numerous benefits of yoga, which include boosting immunity, improving skin and hair health, improved flexibility, and mindfulness, it is also great for relieving joint pain because it can improve flexibility, strength, and balance,” says Akshar.
Here are 5 yoga poses to relieve joint and knee pain:
1. Balasana (Child’s pose)
Child’s pose is the most basic and relaxing yoga pose. While it is best known for relieving back pain, the benefits of performing this yoga pose for joint pain are overwhelming.
Here’s how to perform this pose:
Get down on your knees.
Begin by leaning forward and sitting on your heels with your body flat on the ground and your forehead on the floor.
Put your arms overhead with palms on the floor.
Breathe slowly and deeply, and pressure the belly against the thighs.
Hold a stretch along your entire spine for 1 minute.
Come to the seated position and relax by placing your palms under the shoulder.